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Hawthorn Tramways Trust Centenary Weekend (Melbourne & Ballarat)
April 23, 2016 @ 9:30 am - April 24, 2016 @ 6:00 pm AEST
To celebrate the centenary of one of Melbourne’s original electric tramway operators, John Whiting arranged for a special weekend of events in both Melbourne and Ballarat. Due to low bookings, a third day of events in Bendigo sadly had to be cancelled.
Saturday 23 April saw an all day tour of Melbourne onboard two Z1 trams, which had been sadly been withdrawn from service after 40 years the previous day. The day included a lunch stop at Melbourne Tram Museum at Hawthorn Tram Depot, where John Phillips presented his AEC Regal Mk3 to acknowledge the role the depot played over several years as training facility for government bus drivers.
On Sunday 24 April we travelled to Ballarat on a convoy of 3 buses tirelessly arranged by the BCSV tours committee. At Ballarat there were options to visit the tram museums at Ballarat and Haddon (including rides) or enjoy a paddleboat ride on Lake Wendouree.